The Solid Wood Flooring Company

Technical Downloads

Welcome to our Technical Library. The library is a collection of all the wood flooring technical data, useful documents, PDFs and certificates that our experts have produced for Trade Professionals who are thinking about a wood flooring project. Please feel free to print a copy or share anything useful with colleagues.

Additional Information

Should you need anything else, please also visit our Architects, Interior Designers, Contractors and Developers pages or call our friendly team of experts on 01666 504015

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Impervia Storage, Fitting and Maintenance Instructions
Trade Terms & Conditions
Consumer Terms & Conditions
Wood Flooring Storage, Fitting & Maintenance
Why Use Wood Flooring Home

Certificates for Sustainable Wood Flooring

We are very proactive regarding sustainability and using nature’s answers to our environment. Young trees remove three times more carbon from our atmosphere than old trees so it makes sense to use as much timber as possible in our construction so that new trees can be planted. As long as timber comes from sustainable sources we know that at least three trees will be planted for every old one cut down.

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The Solid Wood Flooring Company PEFC Certificate
GoneWest 1,800 Trees Planted Certificate
The Solid Wood Flooring Company’s FSC Certificate
Responsible Purchasing Certificate
Timber Trade Federation Membership
2017 Timber Scorecard from WWF’s Save the Forests Campaign
FSC American Black Walnut Engineered Wood Flooring
CJF Sustainable Wood flooring
Commitments of the TTF Responsible Purchasing Policy
Proskills Sustainability Pledge Certificate
The Royal Commonwealth Society Certificate
The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy
Timber Species Guide
Human Trafficking and Anti Slavery Statement

Satra Test Results for Wood Flooring Slip Resistance

We ensure that all our wood floor finishes are tested for slip resistance as this is an extremely important issue when considering Health and Safety Issues. As we specialise in commercial projects and retail branding you can be guaranteed that these certificates relate to each of our finishes in independent test according to British Standards. Currently there is no specific health and safety or legal requirement to specify slip resistance requirements on floors installed in residential units or homes.

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Technical Report for Slip Test (96 Slider) WPC-1450 Exterior Cappuccino Oak Decking Board
Technical Report for Slip Test (55 Slider) WPC-1450 Exterior Cappuccino Oak Decking Board
Technical Report for slip test on Sample TW-E392
Technical Report for slip test on Sample TW-E715/TW-E718 (2)
Technical Report for slip test on Sample TW-E716/TW-E720 (2)
Technical Report for Slip Test (96 Slider) WPC-1425 Exterior Black Oak Decking Board
Technical Report for Slip Test (55 Slider) WPC-1425 Exterior Black Oak Decking Board
Technical Report for slip test on Brushed and Oiled Wood Floors
Technical Report for slip test on Natural Oiled Wood Floors
Technical Report for slip test on Sample TW-E715/TW-E718
Technical Report for slip test on Sample TW-E716/TW-E720
Impervia Luxury Rigid Vinyl SPC Flooring Slip Resistant Tests
Technical Explanation of slider 96 and slider 55 in HSE slip resistant tests
Technical Report for Bona Commercial Anti Slip Lacquered Wood Floors
Technical Report for slip test on normal Lacquered Wood Floors

Type Testing Results for Wood Flooring and Types of Finish

Timber has many qualities and the certificates and testing documents here show its main properties which will help when specifying timber for construction projects.

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Engineered wood flooring specification guide
Architects Technical Document
Engineered Wood Flooring Guide
FSC Certified Wood Species Guide
Formaldehyde and what it is
Janka Test Results
Wood Product Type Testing Results
BS 6399-1:1996 Table 1 section 3 for load bearing
Architects Specification and Type Testing Document

Understanding Wood and it’s properties

This section has documents to try and explain how wood reacts to its local environment to ensure that anyone who uses it, for whatever purpose, understands the impact of the local environment and conditions.

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The Structure of Wood
Wood as an Engineering Product
End Grain and Cell Structure of Wood
The Cupping & Crowning of Timber
How Moisture affects Wood Flooring
Wood and Moisture
Equilibrium Moisture
Wood Movement Guide

Wood Flooring Manufacturing, Fuming Wood Floors and Finishing Processes

This section has documents to try and explain the different processes used to manufacture and finish wood flooring. Here at the Solid Wood Flooring Company we have a team of expert craftsmen who use these same processes producing wood flooring every day. Visit our Manufacturing Processes page.

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Different ways of cutting top layers
Engineered Wood Flooring Hot Pressed
Wood Flooring Finishes from the Solid Wood Flooring Company
Fuming Wood Flooring to create Unique Wood Floors for Architects & Designers
Finishing Wood Flooring with UV Oil on a Production Line
Wood Flooring Manufacturing Facilities
Engineered Stair Treads with A Veneered Front for Stair Cladding
Why are UV cured oiled floors better than Lacquered finished floor?
Protego UV Oil Material Safety Data Sheet

Screeds and Site Conditions required for Wood Flooring

Good clean site conditions are crucial when installing wood flooring in any development but especially large tower blocks and other commercial installations. There will be so many different trades who are not cohesive that a wood floor will easily get destroyed if a site is not kept clean. The documents below which can be printed off are for help and guidance on things to avoid. We have tried to keep this as simple as possible and any feedback will be appreciated. The fewer trades who are contracted as main sub-contractors the better, there may be a small cost increase but the saving in the long term.

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Rathbone Site Visit
Rathbone Site Visit 2 23/02/17
Moisture in concrete screeds
How Does Your Home’s Indoor Environment Affect Wood Flooring?
Cut Liquid screed dying time by 50%
How can FORCEDRY help with your project?
The Place Apart Hotel Site Assessment
Site Conditions
Wood Floors and the Effects of Moisture
Building Regulations Document
Examples of Reports on Site Conditions
Examples of Reports on Site Conditions
Testing Screeds for Moisture to BS Standards
Screed issues Site Visit Check List
Fitting Check List

Wood Floor Installation Guides

These guides are for information only and are produced to assist you in seeing whoever you have asked to fit your floor is professional. We have too many horror stories to tell where “jobbing” builders are used without any planning or assessment of subfloors and the environment. We are here to help so please call us or send an email. We do have specialist fitters available if required. Visit our Fitting Wood Floors page.

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Fitting Wood Flooring Check List
The Art of fitting Wood Floors
How not to fit a wood floor
How to apply SW 890 MS Polymer Elastic Flexible Adhesive
Biscuit Joints Explained
Why Wood floors Fail
NWFA Installation Guidelines

Chevron and Herringbone Parquet Fitting Guides & Advice

The documents found in this section have been brought together to help all our clients understand the issues surrounding professional installation of parquet flooring which is a specialist area in its own right. Installers of parquet blocks need different skills than those that fit normal planks.

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Defining Setting Crown Line
Installation of Herringbone and Chevron Parquet Guide
The Dos and Don’ts of Fitting a Pre-Finished, Square-Edged Herringbone or Chevron
Fitting Herringbone Parquet
Herringbone and Chevron Parquet Wood Flooring Installation Guide
Chevron Production and Quality Control Checks
Impervia Herringbone Installation Guide Impervia Herringbone Installation Guide

Wood Flooring Grading and Specifications

Everyone seems to have different methods of grading wood floors and what we have tried to do here is explain in simple terms along with images what each grade means. White Oak differs from European Oak, and Oak grown in the north of the northern hemisphere will differ from the Oak grown in the south of France for example.

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Oak Flooring Grading Standard 2017
Oak Flooring Grading Standard 2018
Example NBS Specification
Wood Flooring Specification Template Document

Subfloors for Wood Flooring and Remedial Work Advice

Subfloors are the foundation of any wood floor and it is crucial that all aspects are fully understood and advice taken to prevent future disasters. Visit our Sub floors page.

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Typical Floor Build up using Acoustic Cradle Systems with Underfloor Heating
Understanding the requirements when laying wood flooring over calcium sulphate based screeds
Screed issues checklist
Stairs and Protection from Falling, Collision and Impact Schedule 1 and Regulation 7 of Building Regulations 2010
Concrete Floors and Finishes
Inherent Problems with Gypsum type screeds
Laitance and Anhydrite Calcium Screeds explained
Manhattan Loft Gardens Sika Report
Schonox RR EU/EN TDS
South Bank Place Sika Report

How to Get The Perfect Level Floor

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Schonox APF Fibre reinforced Gypsum Levelling TDS
Schonox APF EU/EN Declaration of Performance
Schonox Emiclassic Floor Adh TDS
Schonox FPL Plus TDS
Schonox FPL Plus EU/EN Declaration of Performance
Schonox TS EU/EN TDS
Schonox VD GP Primer TDS
When Flat Floors Mean Not So Flat

Underfloor Heating with Wood Floors

There are numerous systems available now with companies bringing out new products every month. The Romans used Underfloor Heating in Britain centuries ago and it is now one of the most popular heating systems used. It is imperative to have the correct controls in place whatever you are going to finish your floor with.The documents here offer guidance and advice but do not recommend any particular system. Visit our Under Floor Heating page.

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Why wood floors can fail with underfloor heating and poor fitting
Wood Flooring and Underfloor Heating Guide
Basic guide to underfloor heating and wood floors
Engineered Wood Flooring and Under Floor Heating Systems – How to reduce installation and screed drying times
Sid Bourne’s Don’t Turn Up The Heat
Wood Flooring and Underfloor Heating Guide with Raised Access Floor Systems

General Information on Timber Flooring

As the title dictates, we are here to help and the tiles below may be relevant to some of your questions, however always feel free to call our team of experts on 01666 504015. Visit our Advice page.

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How we work at the Solid Wood Flooring Company
Updated guidance document on the EUTR
If you use bricks and UVPC you can see the impact on our environment here
Read the latest Newsletter from PEFC here

Cleaning and Maintenance of Wood Floors

It is imperative that you give your wood floor the best chance to last a lifetime by using the correct products to clean and maintain. Using cheap supermarket products supposedly for wood floors is not advisable as they have no idea of the finish that has been applied. Only use what the professionals use and call for advice or buy online.

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Blanchon Environment Oil Maintenance Guide
Blanchon Environment Oil Leaflet
Blanchon Maintenance Leaflet
Cleaning With Natural Soap
Cleaning With White Natural Soap
Cleaning Enviro and Raw Timber Floors
Cleaning Lacquered Floors
Builders Cleaning Document

Product innovation

As manufacturers, here at the Solid Wood Flooring Company, our expert team of craftsmen are constantly creating new wooden flooring that not only follows the latest trends, but creates them.

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Chevron Parquet and Chevron Plank

Impervia® Luxury Flooring

The future of high-quality sustainable flooring, perfect to fit the pieces of your project’s puzzle.Designed for durability, our range of porcelain tiles and LVT planks are the built to last solution to suit any space, whether it’s commercial or residential.

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Impervia Installation Guide
Acoustic Test Report
Underfloor Heating With Impervia Luxury Flooring
Impervia Luxury Rigid Vinyl SPC Flooring Slip Resistant Tests.
Impervia Herringbone Installation Guide
Which Porcelain Tile Is Best
Porcelain Tiles
History of Porcelain Tiles

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